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Foreign Servants

Volume 65: debated on Friday 7 August 1914

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that many young persons, mostly females, German and Austro-Hungarian subjects, have been dismissed from employments and have been left stranded in London and elsewhere without home, means, power of communicating with friends, or opportunities to return home; how these persons are being regarded under the Alien Laws; and how the problem thus created will be dealt with?

The information I have received from the Local Government Board and the police does not indicate any widespread distress such as my hon. Friend describes. Inoffensive persons of the class he mentions would not be affected by the Aliens Acts, except that they would have to register themselves and comply with certain minor restrictions. If the problem should become serious I am sure the police and the Poor Law authorities will do their best to cope with it.